Bachelor of Science with a Major in Systems Engineering

The bachelor of science with a major in systems engineering degree program provides students with a broad and solid education in the basics of mathematical modeling, software and information systems, and the treatment of uncertainty. Systems engineering can be applied in many areas, including communications, energy, environment, finance, health care, information technology, marketing, national defense, project management, software development, and transportation. The program emphasizes analytical thinking and fosters communication skills and awareness of the current professional world in order to prepare students for graduate education or productive professional employment. 

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 

First semester
EMSE 1001Introduction to Systems Engineering
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 1
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
UW 1020University Writing 2
Computing Track Elective 2
BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
or BISC 1112 Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
or CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I
or CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II
Second semester
ECON 1011Principles of Economics I 1
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 1
PHYS 1021University Physics I
COMM 1042Business and Professional Speaking
Computing track elective 2
Third semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
EMSE 2801Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus 1
PHYS 1022University Physics II
Computing track elective 2
Fourth semester
EMSE 2705Mathematics in Operations Research
EMSE 3815Requirements Analysis and Elicitation
EMSE 4765Data Analysis for Engineers and Scientists
Computing track elective 2
Humanities or social sciences elective 3
Fifth semester
APSC 2113Engineering Analysis I
EMSE 3740WSystems Thinking and Policy Modeling
EMSE 3850Quantitative Models in Systems Engineering
EMSE 4755Quality Control and Acceptance Sampling
Humanities or social sciences elective 3
Professional elective 4
Sixth semester
EMSE 4770Techniques of Risk Analysis and Management
EMSE 3820Project Management for Engineering Systems
EMSE 3855WCritical Infrastructure Systems
EMSE 4410Engineering Economic Analysis
PHIL 2135Ethics in Business and the Professions
Professional elective 4
Seventh semester
EMSE 3760Discrete Systems Simulation
EMSE 4190Senior Project in Systems Engineering I
EMSE 4710Applied Optimization Modeling
Humanities or social sciences elective 3
Professional elective 4
Eighth semester
EMSE 4191Senior Project in Systems Engineering II
Humanities or social sciences elective 3
Three professional electives 4
Computing track electives:
Option One
Taken sequentially:
CSCI 1111Introduction to Software Development
CSCI 1112Algorithms and Data Structures
CSCI 2113Software Engineering
CSCI 2441WDatabase Systems and Team Projects
Option Two
Taken sequentially:
CSCI 1111Introduction to Software Development
or CSCI 1121 Introduction to C Programming
or CSCI 1131 Introduction to Programming with C
BADM 2301WMgt Information Systems Tech
ISTM 4120Business Systems Development
ISTM 4121Database Principles and Applications

1 Course satisfies the university general education requirement in math, science, and writing. 

2 Computing track elective requirements may be met with the courses in either option in the list directly above.

3 At least two social and behavioral sciences courses must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; any remaining course must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list. At least one humanities course must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining courses must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list.

4 Professional electives: Each systems engineering major will gain specific expertise in a chosen technical area by taking a six-course sequence leading to a minor from another department of the University. Technical electives are selected with the approval of the student’s academic advisor. Areas frequently chosen are computer science, economics, finance, management, mathematics, naval science, statistics, or specific fields of engineering. Consult the advisor for other approved areas and requirements.

Internship requirement—All EMSE majors are required to complete an appropriate internship/co-op experience during the last two years of the program. This requirement may be satisfied by an approved full-time summer position after the second or third year, or by one or two approved part-time positions requiring 15–20 hours per week during two of the final four semesters. A position obtained through the GW Career Center will usually be acceptable; the position may be either paid or unpaid. Consult the advisor for approval.

Medical preparation option

The bachelor of science with a major in civil engineering, medical preparation option leads to a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering and quantitatively prepares students for medical careers through a program that emphasizes decision modeling. Decision modeling is increasingly applicable to the medical field because of the growing use of computers and information systems in medicine and the interplay of diagnosis, treatment, and economics.